SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme

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What Is it?

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is a work-learn programme that gives fresh graduates1 from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities, after graduation, to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school, and better supports their transition into the workforce.

Participating employers can recruit local fresh talent, within three years of graduation or the Operationally Ready Date for National Servicemen and prepare them to take up suitable job roles. Participants in the programme can look forward to a structured career progression pathway within the organisation.

This programme is designed in collaboration with industry to ensure relevance to employers and the growth of the sector. Since 2015, the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme has been introduced in 25 sectors, including Aerospace, Biomedical Sciences, Food Services, Games Development, Healthcare, Hotel, Infocomm Technology and Retail.  

In addition to existing SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes leading to part-time Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and Specialist Diplomas of the polytechnics, and Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) certificates and Diplomas, we will also be introducing a new SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for ITE graduates leading to the ITE Technical Diploma. More details will be announced at a later date.

1Within three years of graduation or Operationally Ready Date for National Servicemen

3For fresh graduates who are Singapore Citizens and within 36 months of graduation or Operationally Ready Date for National Servicemen only

Who Is It For?

Individuals

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents who are within three years of either graduation from the ITE and polytechnics or the Operationally Ready Date for National Servicemen.


Employers

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is also for companies, societies and non-profit organisations that are registered or incorporated in Singapore.

How Will I Benefit?

Individuals

You can get a head-start in your career by:

  • Acquiring relevant work experience and skills valued by the industry

  • Attaining industry-recognised qualifications/certification2

  • Getting a sign-on incentive of S$5,0003

  • Receiving a competitive starting salary and full-time employment with participating companies

  • Deepening skills through structured workplace learning, mentorship, and facilitated learning

  • Enjoying skills-based wage increments and meaningful career advancement pathways upon programme completion and satisfactory job performance4

  • Advanced standing or credit exemption for the relevant degree programmes in selected sectors, subject to meeting the course entry requirement

Employers

  • You will be able to groom and retain suitable talent with the relevant skills and aptitude to meet the needs of your company.

  • You will also receive a grant of up to $15,0005 per individual3 placed in the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme to defray the costs of developing and providing structured on-job-training and to encourage them to set out career progression pathways.

2 The industry-recognised qualifications/certificates will vary from sector to sector, and from job to job. They may include Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) qualifications, or qualifications issued by the polytechnics such as Advanced/Specialist Diplomas

3 For fresh graduates who are Singapore Citizens and within three years of graduation or Operationally Ready Date for National Servicemen only

4 Participants can potentially receive a wage increase upon completion of programme if they perform well and take on enlarged job scopes

5 Terms and Conditions apply

How does it work?

Individuals

You will be matched with a job related to your discipline of study and undergo a 12- to 18-month structured training programme, depending on the sector and job requirements. The programme includes facilitated learning, on-the-job training and work-based projects, to allow you to deepen your skill sets at the workplace. Articulation pathways into degree programmes are also available in selected sectors. Graduates from selected SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes can be considered for advanced standing or credit exemption for the relevant degree programmes, subject to meeting the course entry requirements. Assigned mentors at the company will guide you and provide support in your continual skills development. You will also enjoy a well-structured career progression pathway, in line with the company’s talent development plan. At the end of the programme, you will receive an industry-recognised certification and potential wage progression or career advancement based on performance.


Employers

Suitable candidates will be matched with a job related to their field of study and undergo structured on-the-job training and mentorship in your company. They will also benefit from a well-structured career development pathway and guidance from mentors who will support their continual skills development, through your company’s talent development plan.

How do I apply?

For more details about ELP, the listing of available ELPs and to apply for an ELP, please visit the ELP Portal

Graduates from the following SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes can be considered for advanced standing or credit exemption for the relevant degree programmes, subject to meeting the course entry requirements. Articulation pathways for more sectors will be progressively introduced.

S/N

Sector

ELP

Programme Manager

Degree

University

1 Building & Construction Specialist Diploma in Building Information Modelling Management SP Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering SIT

2

Energy & Chemicals

Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering

SP

Newscastle University's Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical Engineering

SIT

3

Food Manufacturing

Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science

SP

Bachelor of Food Technology (Honours)

SIT

4

Infocomm Technology

Specialist Diploma in Big Data and Analytics

TP

Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics

SUSS

5

Logistics

Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management

RP

Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

SUSS

Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Industrial and Management Engineering (IME)

NUS

6

Offshore & Marine Engineering

Specialist Diploma in Marine Design

Specialist Diploma in Marine Production

NP

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Chemical Engineering / Civil Engineering / Electronics Engineering / Industrial & Management Engineering / Mechanical Engineering

NUS

Newscastle University's Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Marine Engineering / Naval Architecture / Offshore Engineering

SIT

7

Retail

WSQ Specialist Diploma in Retail Management

NYP

Bachelor of Science in Marketing

SUSS

8

Hotel

Specialist Diploma in Hospitality Business Management

RP

Bachelor of Science in Marketing (BSBM)

SUSS

Bachelor of Science in Business (BSBZ)

SUSS

Bachelor of Hospitality Business

SIT